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Household Utilization and Management of Water Schemes: Lessons from Growth through Nutrition
Lack of access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) can affect health and nutritional status through diarrheal diseases, intestinal parasite infections and environmental enteropathy. WASH may also impact nutritional status indirectly by necessitating walking long distances in search of water and sanitation facilities and diverting a mother’s time away from childcare. Growth through Nutrition works with the government of Ethiopia to increase water access by developing and/or rehabilitating water points in over 30 project woredas and stimulating the private sector to increase the supply of quality, affordable WASH products and services. To date, the project has constructed or rehabilitated well over 147 water supply schemes. For the water schemes to address the need for safe water supply and thus play a positive role in the goal to reduce malnutrition in the targeted community, they must be functional and utilized by the target population. Tufts University, a partner in the Growth through Nutrition Activity has conducted operational research to assess the functionality, utilization and related determinants of the water supply schemes constructed/rehabilitated by the project.

In this webinar, an overview of the relationship between WASH and nutrition will be presented along with key lessons learned and recommendations for WASH programming based on recent findings and current best practices. As an example of specific WASH programming, the findings and lessons learned from the research on Growth through Nutrition water supply schemes will also be presented and explored.


Dr. Abdulhalik Workicho, Program Manager, Growth through Nutrition Activity, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Jason Lopez, Sr. Specialist in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Save the Children

Moderator: Dr. Eileen Kennedy, Principal Investigator, Growth through Nutrition Activity, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Apr 21, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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